Working On A Dream

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Commercially Released: January 27, 2009
Label: Columbia
Produced by Brendan O'Brien
Recorded by Nick Didia and Rick Kwan, assisted by Darren Tablan, Tom Tapley, Toby Scott, Tom Syrowski, Billy Bowers,
 Derek Karlquist, Kevin Mills, Paul Lamalfa and Tim Mitchell at Southern Tracks Studios, Avatar Studios, Clinton Recording Studios,
 Henson Recording Studios and Thrill Hill Recording (Summer 2007 - Fall 2008)
Mixed by  Brendan O'Brien, assisted by Darren Tablan and Tom Tapley at Southern Tracks Studios
Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering and Bernie Grundman Mastering
Design by Chris Austopchuck, Dave Bett, Michelle Holme
Photography by Danny Clinch and Jennifer Tzar

Overview

Springsteen finished recording 2007's Magic in May of that year. While mixing the album he recorded "What Love Can Do", a song that (in his words) "felt more like a first song of new record rather than something that would fit on Magic." Producer Brendan O'Brien was keen to record another album straight away, something that Bruce had not done since his debut albums in 1972. In the following week he wrote and demo'd another five songs ("This Life", "My Lucky Day", "Life Itself", "Good Eye" and "Tomorrow Never Knows"), and Working On A Dream was born.

The album was recorded during gaps in the 2007-8 Magic tour, in a very similar manner to Springsteen's previous album. Most tracks utilised a core group of rhythm musicians (Springsteen-Weinberg-Tallent-Bittan) and other musicians recorded their parts subsequently at various recording studios around the country. Many songs were recorded in only a few takes.

The album consists of 12 tracks, with "The Wrestler" (from the film of the same name) included as a bonus track. Early press also reported that a second bonus track would be included, the Halloween themed "Night Of The Jersey Devil", the video of which was streamed on brucespringsteen.net in October 2008. However, subsequent press omitted mention of the song, and it was not included on the final CD. The album was officially announced November 17, 2008.

Released

# Song Title Running Time Release
1. OUTLAW PETE 8:00 DREAM
2. MY LUCKY DAY 4:01 DREAM
3. WORKING ON A DREAM 3:30 DREAM
4. QUEEN OF THE SUPERMARKET 4:40 DREAM
5. WHAT LOVE CAN DO 2:57 DREAM
6. THIS LIFE 4:30 DREAM
7. GOOD EYE 3:01 DREAM
8. TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS 2:14 DREAM
9. LIFE ITSELF 4:00 DREAM
10. KINGDOM OF DAYS 4:02 DREAM
11. SURPRISE, SURPRISE 3:24 DREAM
12. THE LAST CARNIVAL 3:11 DREAM
13. THE WRESTLER 3:50 DREAM

Additional Information

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